San Diego Hospice and The Institute for Palliative Medicine Honored With Regional Award for Excellence in Pain Management

Oct 18, 2010, 16:48 ET from San Diego Hospice and The Institute for Palliative Medicine

SAN DIEGO, Oct. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The City of Hope's Southern California Cancer Pain Initiative (SCCPI) honored three clinicians and one program from San Diego Hospice and The Institute for Palliative Medicine for Excellence in Pain Management at an award Gala held on October 9, 2010. The award recognizes outstanding achievements of individuals and programs that improve pain management and provide cancer pain relief.

Honorees include Dr. Holly Yang; Dr. Jeff Stoneberg; Sharon O'Mary, RN, MSN; and the PAL-MED CONNECT Palliative Medicine Resource Hotline operated by The Institute for Palliative Medicine at San Diego Hospice.

"It is an honor to work in an organization where I am constantly inspired by the strength and courage of our patients and their families, as well as our team members' dedication to improving quality of life at every stage of life," said Kathleen Pacurar, President and CEO of San Diego Hospice and The Institute for Palliative Medicine. "One of our main objectives at San Diego Hospice and The Institute for Palliative Medicine is to continue to build on our record of innovation, so that we constantly improve the quality of the physical, emotional, and spiritual support we provide locally, nationally and globally."

Highlights of the awardees include:

Holly Yang, MD is a Clinical Medical Director for San Diego Hospice and The Institute for Palliative Medicine and provides care for patients in both inpatient care centers as well as in patients' homes. Dr. Yang is also the Assistant Director of the International Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program at The Institute for Palliative Medicine at San Diego Hospice.

Jeffrey Stoneberg, DO is a Clinical Medical Director for San Diego Hospice and The Institute for Palliative Medicine and provides care for patients in both inpatient care centers as well as in patients' homes. Dr. Stoneberg's primary responsibility is overseeing the Inpatient Palliative Medicine Consultative Services at Scripps Mercy Hospital.

Sharon O'Mary, RN, MSN is an Executive Director of Patient Care Services at San Diego Hospice and The Institute for Palliative Medicine. She oversees hospice home care programs as well as the organization's inpatient care facilities in Hillcrest and Carlsbad.

The PAL-MED CONNECT hotline is a grant-funded hotline, operated by The Institute for Palliative Medicine at San Diego Hospice. PAL-MED CONNECT that provides free expert information and educational resources to healthcare professionals regarding palliative care issues. Physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, nurses, and other healthcare professionals can speak directly with a clinician about challenging patient and family care cases. The hotline is a free service made possible by a generous grant from Pacificare/UnitedHealthcare as part of an ongoing commitment dedicated to improving healthcare services for rural and underserved populations. The Institute for Palliative Medicine's Executive Director, Helen McNeal, BBA, oversees the program.

About San Diego Hospice and The Institute for Palliative Medicine

San Diego Hospice and The Institute for Palliative Medicine (www.sdhospice.org), the leader in the relief of suffering, is one of the largest community-owned, not-for-profit hospices in the country. The organization brings compassionate, expert medical care to more than 1,000 seriously ill adults and children each day throughout San Diego County.

In addition to patient care, The Institute for Palliative Medicine at San Diego Hospice (www.palliativemed.org) is internationally recognized for its excellence in palliative care education and research and has achieved international recognition for its innovative education programs, patient/family-centered research and evidence-based advocacy since 1989. The Institute for Palliative Medicine trains more than 2,000 healthcare professionals each year in the advances in hospice and palliative care. For more information, call toll-free 1-866-688-1600.

CONTACT: Melissa DelaCalzada, San Diego Hospice and The Institute for Palliative Medicine, +1-619-278-6139, mdelacalzada@sdhospice.org

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